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Fines can be as much as 4%* of worldwide revenue for sites that do not comply with GDPR
Put in place on May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has affected how websites handle user data. Although the GDPR is intended to protect the privacy and data of European Union citizens, it inevitably affects American websites -- including ours and yours -- that may gather data from European visitors.
GDPR is similar to other online regulations, such as ADA compliance, in that they make the digital experience better for everyone, but it also means that your business must update its online process to meet these requirements.
As a result, you may have many questions about what your institution must do next. We’ve already been thinking about GDPR from both the business perspective and the developer’s perspective, and we’re here to guide you.
How GDPR Affects Your Website
Most websites track user data in some way, either by capturing email addresses or tracking what users do on sites for purposes of analytics and marketing. GDPR gives users more control over how much user data you can gather. Now, European users have the ability to opt out of being tracked, pick and choose how you will use their data, request their own data, or ask to be deleted from your system entirely.
What GDPR Means for Higher Ed
Preparing for GDPR
GDPR affects your site on multiple fronts. For starters, your hosting environment, data transmissions, and data capture tools must be secure. You’ll also need to create ways for users to opt-in to tracking by cookies or sessions, give them a chance to access their own data, update your privacy policies, and document how you plan to track all this activity. On top of that, you need to monitor third-party services for GDPR compliance and prepare a crisis communication plan in the event of a data breach.